Monday, March 31, 2014

April Fools, Northbay UPrising morningshow

We are now OzDawg radio, 89.5FM KZDG!

The management of our Community FM radio station is pleased to announce a new change in our station's format. We made this switch thanks to our new director, Susie, a Black Labrador and longtime Oz Fam.
Now, dig the awesome Hippy tunes of Happy Dog Music! [www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze6vc5c8OvA]
Here's an excerpt from our new animal liberation news program (listen to them yap!), and there's a new show for culture and community (more yapping), and a new segment with interviews of awesome local personalities (lots of yapping). [www.youtube.com/watch?v=owrMqbAvL-I]
More programming includes:
* 4 hours of Quality Dog Barking [www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP-oVjj9Mp4]
* Howling Dogs! [www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUb427kLYS4]
* Cat Fights! (in Stereo) [www.youtube.com/watch?v=9flz8FcPACw]

Join the Pack! at the Wardlaw Dog Park
Location: Ascot Parkway – across from Bethel High School
[http://www.gvrd.org/?page=Wardlaw_Dog_Park]

In May, 2006 the Vallejo’s new 2.2 acre Dog Park opened at this site. It includes two separately fenced areas: a small one for elderly and shy dogs, and a much larger fenced area for active dogs that enjoy romping and socializing. Dog owners will find shared watering/washing facilities with positive drainage that receives multiple treatment before it enters the storm drain system. Multiple picnic areas are provided around the site for all users. The site includes a restroom, a bridge to the Blue Rock Springs Corridor, and a parking lot with room for concession trailers. The park also features a bantam soccer field.

Bark for a new Dog Park! [www.vallejodogpark.com]
* "Unofficial Mare Island dog park dumped" (2011-05-24, Vallejo Times-Herald) [link]
* Dog owners seek a new dog park off Wilson Avenue (2012-09-02, Vallejo Times-Herald) [link]
* "Petition in favor of a dog park in Vallejo" [http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/yes_vallejodogpark/]:
To: Citizens To: Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD): The goal of this petition is to support the construction of a 5 acre, enclosed dog park at Wardlaw Park. It is essential to have your voice heard if you want this dog park. The GVRD is now considering the amount of space it\'s willing to allocate for the dog park. It\'s looking like it might not be as large as we feel is needed to represent the 118,000 residents of Vallejo (FYI, Benicia has 30,000 residents with TWO dog parks). The GVRD is also feeling a lot of pressure from residents to make the skate park a priority in building. Let your voices be heard, sign this petition and get your neighbors and friends to sign too. Vallejo city ordinance mandates dogs be kept on a leash in public areas for the protection of fellow residents, as well as the dogs themselves. As you are aware, several dog parks have been constructed over the years to provide safe places for dogs to gather and play legally \"off-leash\". Unfortunately, there is not one of these dog parks in the city of Vallejo, where many dog owners reside. Therefore, we are asking the GVRD to construct a dog park at Wardlaw Park for the following reasons: + There is not a facility in our to accommodate safe, \"off-leash\" activity + Such a facility would resolve the ongoing angst between dog owners, non-owners, police and park authorities regarding dog access to the park + Many dogs need exercise over and above human limitations; leashes limit the dog.


A public service announcement from OzDawg: Tell your representatives to represent your interests, and support legislation against Animal Cruelty (and to support programs for the People, too)!


April 1st, Northbay UPrising morningshow


Citizen Science campaign in San Francisco peninsula [link]

"Restoration under way at Presidio's Mountain Lake" [link]

"The Story of the Mommy Hummingbird at American Canyon"
by Wendy Schackwitz [925-963-4871] [napa-solano-birds (@) outlook.com],
Educational Chair for the Napa-Solano Audubon Society
[www.napasolanoaudubon.com].
We have three different hummingbirds that we can easily see in
Napa-Solano County: Anna's, seen year round; Rufous, which passes through the San Pablo bay as it migrates between Mexico and the Pacific Northwest; and Allen's, who spends its summers with us, then winters in Mexico. Determining which hummingbird you are looking at can be very challenging. The male Anna’s hummingbird has a jewel tone green back and tail with an iridescent red head, male Rufous hummingbirds have a brick-red back and tail, and male Allen’s hummingbirds have an iridescent green back and a brick-red tail. You can get a free ID guide on our website (napasolanoaudubon.com/nsas/uploads/Monitoring/Hummingbirds) by clicking the link at the very bottom of the page. 
Both the Anna’s and the Allen’s hummingbirds build nests here, whereas the Rufous builds their nests much further north. For hummingbirds, only the female builds the nest, incubates the eggs, and takes care of the chicks. The dad stakes out a patch and guards it, allowing his girlfriends access and jealously chases away any other males that are in his patch. What he is guarding are the flowers in his patch. 80% of a hummingbirds diet is flower nectar, the other 20% are small bugs. A hummingbird will eat twice its weight in nectar every day. This would be like a human eating 1,000 hamburgers every day! That’s a lot of flowers!
The female hummingbird builds her nest out of plant down (like cattail fluff or the cotton from cottonwood trees) and feathers. She then uses spider webs to glue it all together, and decorates the outside of it with lichens and moss, making it almost impossible to see. She lays 2 tiny eggs about the size of a jelly bean. It takes about 2 weeks for the eggs to hatch and about 3 additional weeks before the babies are old enough to leave the nest.
When on my last Beginning Birding Walk (March 8th), one of the participants located a nest in a Eucalyptus tree near the walking path. The mother was seen wriggling down into her nest and adding a few finishing touches to her nest. On March 13th, I was out with Donaldson Elementary with three of the 5th grade classes. About 100 children were out visiting the wetlands and taking a tour of the waste treatment plant. I was able to relocate the nest and get a good view of it in my spotting scope and all the kids were able to watch the mommy hummingbird through a spotting scope we provided. It was great fun to see the awe on their faces and hear the "oohs!" of excitement once they were able to see the nest really close. On March 22nd, one of our members went and visited the nest and viola! There was a chick! She got a great photo of the mommy hummingbird feeding the chick. (see the attached photo of the mommy hummingbird feeding the baby). With luck this little one will successfully be out of the nest in a few weeks and then the mommy hummingbird will start all over again.
Do you enjoy watching hummingbirds and want to help scientists understand what they are feeding on? Help us out by submitting your hummingbird sightings to the citizen science project hummingbirds at home.  You can participate at a level that fits your schedule – from one sighting to watching hummingbirds over several weekends throughout the program. [http://www.hummingbirdsathome.org/]

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Beginning Bird Walk and Bird Song Workshop, Saturday April 05, 9 AM.
Learn how to identify bird songs, followed by a bird walk in American Canyon Wetlands.
Why do birds sing? How can you tell birds apart by their songs? Join Wendy Schackwitz to learn how to ID five different birds from their song alone. You will also learn about apps for your smartphone that can help you learn more songs and identify birds in your yard and in the field. Workshop starts at 9am near the American Canyon Wetlands parking lot at Wetlands Edge Road and Eucalyptus Dr., followed by a walk around 10:00 that will end around noon. The walks are on flat ground, and appropriate for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).


"SolTrans discounts passes for area youth; Buses promoted as spring break-friendly"
2014-03-27 by Donna Beth Weilenman from "Benicia Herald" [http://beniciaheraldonline.com/soltrans-discounts-passes-for-area-youth/]:
Solano County Transit is selling discounted local youth day passes through April 6, Jessica Deakyne, program analyst, said.
“The specially priced passes are available to anyone between 6 and 18 years old, and will be discounted from $3 to $2,” she said.
The passes can be used on all SolTrans local and fixed routes, she said. They can be bought onboard the buses only.
The discounted tickets are being sold at the Vallejo Transit Ticket Center Office and at other vendors.
SolTrans provides bus service that connects to multiple destinations throughout Vallejo and Benicia, particularly places where youth are likely to go during spring break, Deakyne said.
“For example, youth can take Route 5 to Discovery Kingdom or Route 7 to the Century Movie Theatre,” she said.
SolTrans Executive Director Mona Babauta said the promotion is designed to demonstrate the ease and convenience of riding SolTrans to travel to and around Vallejo and Benicia.
Babauta said she hopes “this promotion will result in more of our young citizens discovering the bus as an easy way to get around during spring break.”
Those interested may visit the “News” section of the SolTrans website, www.soltransride.com, or call its customer service number, 707-648-4666.


"Rio Vista High School goes to the birds"
2014-03-31 by Susan Hiland from "Fairfield Republic" [http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/education-news/rio-vista-high-school-goes-to-the-birds/]:
RIO VISTA — Friday was a day for the birds at Rio Vista High School. At least for a core group of students.
Stars of a new conservation program spread their wings before students in the school’s agriculture, Earth science, biology and animal science classes during a presentation on protecting the environment – particularly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region.
Hawks, Honkers and Hoots is a new nonprofit that formed last year as a teaching organization dedicated to exploring our local environment and winged friends, according to the organization. The nonprofit will customize presentations for schools or organizations to help educate the public on preservation and conservation of natural habitats.
The nonprofit brought four types of birds in for students to view: a red-tailed hawk, Murphy; a Western screech owl, Clicky; a burrowing owl, Digger; and a peregrine falcon, Bolt. All the birds are raptors, so they are predatory creatures that might be at the top of the bird food chain, but are not immune to sickness and death from human trash.
“We focus today on the reason for keeping the Delta clean,” Kelli Moulden, co-founder said. ”The birds can be injured easily by actions we don’t think about.”
All the birds have some kind of problem that prohibits them from being released back into the wild.
The red-tailed hawk is a survivor of West Nile virus, which left her with nerve damage in her claws, making it difficult for her to grasp prey. The Burrowing Owl is blind in one eye, which makes him easy prey. Bolt was found in a garden, unable to fly. After being examined by a veterinarian, it was determined his wing had to be cut nearly in half.
The birds are given a new life as diplomats for wildlife. They go around to schools, serving as examples of the types of creatures who can and are harmed by human trash.
In addition to presentations, the organization also does hands-on cleanup of the Delta and other areas that need it. It is looking for volunteers to help clean the Delta waterway from 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at Lower Morrison Creek and Sherman Island. Also, if landowners in the Delta area have illegally dumped tires that could be recycled, they will be accepting them at the Sherman Island cleanup area.
For more information on Hawks, Honkers, and Hoots, go to www.hawkshonkersandhoots.org.



Pacific Vibes! Tuesdays 9pm to 2am, and Fridays 6 to 9am
[PacificVibes707@gmail.com] [facebook.com/PacificVibes]

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

News & Info for March 25th, 2014


Interview with Evelyn Polk "Mis. E.", LMFT.
"Heart Work in the Village"
Sunday, March 30th, 3pm to 5pm, at the McCree Goudeau Gallery [930 Marin st., at the corner of Florida st.], in beautiful downtown Vallejo's Art District, a FREE Community Event! Donations accepted. Part of a series of book signings and author talks in honor of Black History Month, and internatinoal Women's History Month, featuring the art of Monica Clark, Cheryl Mitchell & Mihr'un'nisa!
Affectionately called "Ms. E" and referred to by many youth and families as “The Heart Lady”, Evelyn Polk is a licensed marriage, family & child therapist, in private practice for over 21 years. For over 30 years Ms. E has had the combined experience of counseling numerous children, youth, couples and families, serving in various agencies and positions as a Social Worker in the Department of Social Services, Counselor in Residential Treatment, and Therapist in Day Treatment, Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and Outpatient Mental Health Programs. Having the combined experience of listening to the hearts of many, being a single foster and adoptive parent, and caregiver to a developmentally disabled sister, Ms. Evelyn has much to share about the joys, pains and humor of care giving and relationships, and now speaks back into the hearts of youth and adults. The most valued experiences Ms. E brings to her work are her personal experience and commitment as a parent, and the long-term mentoring relationships which have been maintained over decades. Find out more, by visiting [TalkToMsE.com/IT-S-HEARTS-WORK.html], or by calling [707-553-1971].

* Founder/Director of "For A Child's H.E.A.R.T., Inc." [www.forachildsheart.org], "Do something special for a child’s heart”, a non-profit organization for providing scholarships to recipients of the Annual “Les Brown Heart of Dreams & Tenacity Award”. Recipients are current, transitioning, and former foster youth who demonstrate a passion for fulfillment of their dreams, especially in the area of public speaking
* Producer/Host of "Visions For A Child's Heart" TV and “HEART Talk! w/Ms.E" Internet Radio  [www.blogtalkradio.com/hearttalkwithmse], dedicated to nurturing and healing the body, mind, and spirit connection of those whose lives impact and are impacted by, foster care, kinship and adoptive placement. 
* Clinical Director/Speaker of “Talk to ME /Let ME Speak” [www.TalkToMsE.com]   [www.TalktoMsE.wordpress.com
* Writing/Publishing Coach, Author, "It's Heart Work: Being The Village That Raises A Child", “How’s YOUR Heart Working In The Village?”, “Meeting Les Brown...” & “Entertaining Angels Aware...”, and Publisher with HEART Talk Publications [www.HEARTTalkPublications.com], "Write Your Heart Out!".
Mis. E. has contributed to the book "Meeting Les Brown: Ms. Mamie Brown's Baby Boy", a compilation of heartfelt & humorous personal stories about life-changing experiences of meeting and working with Mr. Les Brown whose dedication to uplifting the spirits of children transitioning to a new family is renowned. The book is available at [Lbpsn.com/books__products.htm], proceeds from the sales of this book will benefit "For A Child’s H.E.A.R.T., Inc." and the "Les Brown Platinum Speakers Network", working to continue the vision and legacy of Mr. Les Brown as the message of hope, and inspiration is delivered world-wide.


Interview with Joenette, member of...
The American Canyon Arts Foundation, presenting...
The Annual Arts Extravaganza!
April 4th and 5th, more info [www.AmCanArt.org] [707-557-2176] [Info@AmCanArt.org].
At the Canyon Gallery & Arts Center [3441 Broadway, American Canyon, CA 94503], in the Canyon Plaza Center, at the corner of Crawford st.
With awards and cash prizes given in various categories, a silent auction, fine arts exhibit, paintings for sale, wine and cheese tasting, and wearable arts in the boutique.


UC Santa Cruz reintroduces nearly extinct Marsh sandwort (Arenaria paludicola) at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area [link]

Community Calender


Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center Presents...
An Evening with NEAL GORENFLO

co-founder of Shareable, a nonprofit news, action, and connection hub for the sharing transformation. A former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal is perhaps an unlikely voice for sharing. A revelation in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through internet startups, public events, and a circle of friends committed to the common good.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6 PM Potluck ~ 7 PM Speaker
At the MDUUC - Bortin Hall, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
info: [www.ourpeacecenter.org] [925-933-7850]
 
Shareable.net and the growing Sharing Economy, learn more: [http://www.shareable.net/about]
Find weekly e-news and sharing policy guide: [http://www.shareable.net/blog/new-report-policies-for-shareable-cities]
Co-sponsored with Friendly Favors. Suggested Donation: $20 (and a dish to share if attending potluck). Make checks payable to "MTDPJC".  If at all possible, please rsvp so that we may inform you of any changes. No log-in required: [www.favors.org/MDPC]

Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., March 27th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Moderate or Meandering? Your Choice of Hikes at Rockville Trails Preserve
Saturday, March 29, 9 am
Contact: Natalie DuMont, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Solano Land Trust
707-432-0150 x200 (office), 415-517-2624 (cell), volunteer@solanolandtrust.org
SOLANO COUNTY – Whether you prefer a moderate hike or a nature journaling meander, Solano Land Trust docents will be offering both at Rockville Trails Preserve in Fairfield on Saturday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m. The moderate effort, 4-hour guided hike will take participants trekking about 4 miles up and down the hilly, rocky terrain.  Enjoy the oak trees, the grass that is finally green again, the views and the fresh air. Learn about nature, local history and geology.  If nature journaling or just a gentle meander is more your style, join a leisurely 5-hour guided hike where the pace allows participants extra time to observe wildflowers, oaks, sweeping vistas and perhaps resident wildlife. Bring cameras, sketchbooks, watercolours and journals to enjoy this tour and capture your memories. Both hikes are free. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
No matter which hike you choose, space is limited and advance registration is required.  For the moderate hike, visit [http://conta.cc/1ktiLIc] or call Lorenzo at 707-330-7263.  For the nature journaling hike, visit [http://conta.cc/1cJeCrC] or call Cathy at 707-745-1913.  There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots on the premises yet.  Dogs are not permitted.  Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hikes. Meet your guides promptly before 9 a.m. at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., outside of Fairfield.  Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.  Heavy rain cancels both events. Call the numbers above if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and lunch. Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, and long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera are also recommended.
Solano Land Trust’s Rockville Trails Preserve is located along Rockville Road, across from the City of Fairfield’s Rockville Hills Regional Park.  These natural areas are adjacent to one another, yet independently operated.  Both lie between Green Valley and Suisun Valley, near Interstate 80, about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connects our community to these lands.  Learn more at [solanolandtrust.org].



Shoreline Enhancements at Lake Chabot
Saturday, March 29
with the Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org] [info@vallejowatershedalliance.org]
Every year, the Alliance helps remove excess tules and reeds on the shores of the lake to help prepare for the Youth Fishing Derby. We meet at the boat ramp in Dan Foley Park. The park entrance is located at the end of North Camino Alto. Drive straight ahead from the kiosk towards the lake and you’ll see the boat ramp. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen (bring waders if you have them). We’ll provide tools, water, and refreshments.


Call for Artists:
AMERICAN CANYON ARTS FOUNDATION presents...
“Arts Extravaganza - 2014”

Juried Art Show, April 4-5, 2014
At the Canyon Gallery, 3441 Broadway St./Hwy. 29, American Canyon, CA
Entry Fees due: Friday, March 7
Artwork submission: Wednesday, March 19 – Friday, March 21
Phone [707-557-2176], email [info@amcanart.org]
* Visit American Canyon Arts Foundation site for more Information [http://www.amcanart.org/#!2014-art-show]
* Download Entry Form (pdf) [http://gallery.mailchimp.com/2ec7226eee29b4efe904081b8/files/2014_Call_For_Artists___Extravaganza.pdf]



Laguna Re-Leaf Day
April 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Free

Come and help plant the future! Sonoma County’s 5th Annual Laguna Re-Leaf day April 5, 2014.
The Laguna Re-Leaf Day is like a walk-a-ton, except we plant trees instead of walk miles! Volunteers ask friends, family, and co-workers to support them by donating money to help the Foundation’s tree planting restoration project.
On April 5th, 2014 we will spend about four hours planting hundreds of trees and plants along the Laguna de Santa Rosa at Irwin Creek. After all your hard work, we will celebrate with a pizza party! Families, individuals, and businesses are all invited to participate, everyone is welcome!
The event takes place from 9am-noon and we will meet at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, 95472.
Funds that are raised in the Laguna Re-Leaf Day support the Foundation’s mission and its Restoration, Conservation Science, and Education programs. This event will help create a healthier wildlife habitat, mitigate climate change and improve our air and water quality by restoring riparian cover along Irwin Creek. Find out more about our Re-Leaf Day at: [http://www.lagunadesantarosa.org/donate_treeathon.htm]
Fundraising is made easy with the FirstGiving fundraising portal that we set up the event with. This program allows you to create your own personal web-based fundraising page to collect your donations. Instructions for fundraising can be seen on our website at http://www.lagunafoundation.org/donate_instructions.htm
Questions? Feel free to contact us at releaf@lagunafoundation.org or (707) 527-9277 ext. 107


Berkeley Gray Panther Party invites you to attend a special presentation of
CRADLE WILL ROCK!

Sunday April 6 @ 2:30
at the Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave (near Walnut), Berkeley, CA
Wheelchair Accessible. All Welcome.
Come to the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers' party and fund-raiser! Bring your smiles and checkbook.
Movie, Music, Silent Auction and Refreshments! Enjoy the movie, Cradle Will Rock, the story of Mark Blitzsteins 1936 WPA theatrical production--a rollicking joyous excursion of idealistic  hope for the struggling union movement. Starring Bill Murray and Susan Sarandon.
For information contact the Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers at [510-598-9696] or [GrayPanthersBerk@aol.com] or [http://www.berkeleygraypanthers.mysite.com]

Monday, March 17, 2014

News & Info for March 18th, 2014

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Visit our Local Links page for an extensive list of ongoing events, online news portals, and sports [link]! Visit the Farmer's Markets page [link], and learn how to make your own products [link]!
Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!


Interview with...
Melvin Willis
of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
[facebook.com/ContraCostaACCE] [CalOrganize.org], Keeping people in their homes!
You're invited! Richmond is doing it; why not Vallejo?
Who: Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and ACCE
Where: The Mira Theatre's Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo, CA
When: Thursday, March 20, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
What: Hear about a program that provides relief to folks who are burdened with underwater loans.
Refreshments provided and free parking available
Are you or your neighbors paying a mortgage much higher than the current assessed value?
You're not alone.
Come hear Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the non-profit community organization Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) describe their new plan, designed to bring help to underwater homeowners.
The City is considering a new program that could help thousands of homeowners reduce their mortgage debt by tens of thousands of $$$. Find out if this or other programs might help you, and join the fight to hold the banks accountable!
Read more at [http://www.thenation.com/article/175244/rescue-local-economies-cities-seize-underwater-mortgages-through-eminent-domain#]
According to Zillow.com's "heat map", in Vallejo's 94590 zip-code, an astounding 64% of homes are underwater. 9% of owners are currently delinquent on their payments. The 94590 zip-code also has the dubious distinction of being in the top 1% of US homes both underwater, and how far their values have fallen from peaks in the mid-2000s. See more at [http://www.zillow.com/visuals/negative-equity/]
Underwater homes undermine the stability of our neighborhoods. Owners walk away and often times squatters move in. Surrounding home values continue to decline. Homeowners have no equity or cash-flow to maintain their homes. Investors purchase foreclosed houses on city hall steps. The fabric of our neighborhoods unravel.
This lecture is first in a series of community oriented events at the Bay Terrace Theatre.


Growing a Garden Network!
Interview with the Vallejo People's Garden [VallejoPeoplesGarden.org/p/location.html], to talk about their programs, and their new network the Vallejo Grown Collaborative!
Some of the weekly events we have are Healthy Behaviors classes and a Health and Wellness Series that are taught at the Global Center for Success, the nonprofit that allows us to use their space for the garden.  The classes are taught to the homeless clients of the center but can be open to all who are interested in learning about healthy eating (Tuesdays) or overall health and wellness (Wednesdays).
A handful of public and community gardens across Vallejo are forming a "Vallejo Grown Collaborative."   We were brought together by the City's Participatory Budget process.  The idea is that we all benefit when we can share resources -- greenhouse space, seed donations, tools, volunteers, training workshops, and knowledge. "Vallejo Grown", a Community Garden Collaboration, is the place to match volunteers to the community garden projects sprouting up all over town! We currently represent Loma Vista Farm, St. Vincent's Community Garden, Vallejo People's Garden.
Calling all volunteers interested in learning how you can get involved in a local garden! Vallejo Grown is a way to find out what, where, when and how you can get involved. Established to assist the recent surge in the Community Gardens sprouting up all over town there are a host of opportunities to get your hands dirty, meet other like minded people and have a good time. Each Community Garden has it's own unique needs and offers all who want to share the message of Food Security and Community Building at it's very best.
You're invited to a Vallejo Grown Potluck!
Sunday, March 30, 5PM at the Vallejo People's Garden on Mare Island
To get to know each other, we are starting potlucks on the last Sunday of the month, hosted by the different gardens. Vallejo People's Garden is hosting the first potluck on Sunday, March 30. In April, Loma Vista Farm will host. Come on down and meet other gardeners! And "like" Vallejo Grown on Facebook so you get more information: [facebook.com/VallejoCollaborative].
Vallejo People's Garden calender [VallejoPeoplesGarden.org/p/calendar.html].
Upcoming Volunteer Hours & Events -
* Sunday, March 23, 9:00AM-12:00PM, with volunteer host Ravi. Tasks include gardening and harvesting and more.  Bring your garden gloves!
* Saturday, March 22, 9:00am-12:00PM, with volunteer host Darren. Tasks include weed and till alongside Touro University students as we get the spring garden going
* Saturday, April 5, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Vermiculture Class with the Master Gardeners of Solano County.  Open to all.

Steps to a School Garden -
Do you want to start a garden at your school? We just came across this handy guide for how to do it. Check it out here! [csgn.org/steps]
And here's a webinar [LifeLab.org/2014/01/regional-support-models-webinar] about how to sustain your school garden, courtesy of Life Lab [LifeLab.org/about].  


Shanylei, Ayanius and Nicole Williams-Flowers, announce the start of...
New Youth Book Clubs in Vallejo
[www.gofundme.com/6i9p64]:
Shanylei Hamilton and Ayanius Saucer are both homeschooled. They study many subjects, especially Black History. But, too few students read as well, or as often as they should. And very few know their own history. Too many of our youth are involved in violent and/or destructive activities.
They say, "We want to help change that. We want to establish as many BOOK CLUBS as we can in our communities. We have 3 categories of BOOK CLUBS;
* the Afrikan American Book Club,
* the Freedom Book Club
* and the International Book Club.
Please help us MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR OUR YOUTH.
Our Motto: A Book Never Killed Anybody!
"



"SEIU Head Start Council builds power"
2014-03-11 "1021 Newswire":
More than 50 Head Start workers met in southern California over the weekend to share information and develop concrete plans to strengthen their chapters and build a strong, viable Head Start Council. The Council plans to address the current and future challenges to providing quality early education for the children of California.
In addition to leadership development opportunities and formalizing structures and decisions, the Council was briefed on proposed Head Start increases by the Obama Administration, and discussions were held to identify the process for accessing funds and the agencies that have already applied.

The impacts of sequestration -
Since its founding in 1965 as a part of the War on Poverty, Head Start has been a vital resource to communities that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families.
But in March 2013, Head Start was included among the nation's non-defense discretionary programs and forced to make across-the-board cuts as a part of sequestration. The Office of Head Start estimates that sequestration cuts resulted in 70,000 fewer children served -- to the tune of $400 million. As a result, many programs reduced school hours, reduced staff or reduced enrollment for students.

About the Head Start Council -
The primary role of the Head Start council is to provide education, skills and engagement opportunities for Head Start leaders throughout the state to address common concerns and to build a strong network of early educators to be a strong voice for early education on the local, state and federal level. Participants include SEIU Local 1021, Local 99, Local 721, Local 521 and Local 221.
Gina Castillano of the San Joaquin Head Start chapter and Tracy Mason of the Berkeley YMCA Head Start were appointed as SEIU Local 1021 representatives to the council. Since its formation in 2013, more than 200 Head Start workers have come together regionally and statewide to discuss challenges and develop action plans.


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Mornings With Blue, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30am
More info at [OzCatRadio.com/Erika-Blue.html]



Community Calender

Usher in Spring with a Marsh Walk at Rush Ranch
Thursday, March 20, 9:45am-11:15am
[www.SolanoLandTrust.org]
SOLANO COUNTY – Celebrate the spring equinox on Thursday, March 20th with a guided hike of the Suisun Marsh at Rush Ranch in Suisun City, beginning at 9:45 a.m.  The Suisun Marsh is the largest contiguous brackish water marsh remaining on the west coast of North America and is a critical part of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary ecosystem. See the animals and plants that live at Rush Ranch and how the seasonal rains are changing the landscape. Visit a Patwin Indian hut.  Come see why Rush Ranch is a treasure and locally loved.
This hike is easy and moderately-paced. Bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and protection from the elements.  If desired, bring binoculars, cameras, insect repellent. No RSVP is necessary. Meet your guides by 9:45 a.m. in the brick courtyard and native plant garden, next to the Nature Center exhibit. Rain cancels.  Call Natalie at (707) 432-0150 x200 or (415) 517-2624 if the weather is uncertain.
Rush Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection. For questions, call 707-432-0150 x200 or email volunteer@solanolandtrust.org.
Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Monday, March 10, 2014

News & Info for March 11th, 2014

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Visit our Local Links page for an extensive list of ongoing events, online news portals, and sports [link]! Visit the Farmer's Markets page [link], and learn how to make your own products [link]!
Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!


On this morning's episode of the Morningshow,
San Francisco author Kevin Fisher-Paulson reads from his book A SONG FOR LOST ANGELS: How Daddy and Papa Fought to Save Their Family,
Published by Napa's Fearless Books, it is the gripping and poignant story of how the author and his husband nursed medically challenged infant triplets into good health over a year, only to see them returned by the court to their drug addicted mother, after the intervention of an anti-gay social worker. The story was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article on January 2 (see http://www.sfgate.com/lgbt/article/Dad-writes-about-saving-then-losing-foster-5107118.php). Fisher-Paulson has also received a commendation from CA State Senator Mark Leno, and has drawn capacity crowds at earlier readings in Oakland, San Francisco, and Napa.
He will be reading from his book on Friday, March 14, at Vallejo's new independent bookstore, Koham Press & Bookstore, located at 628 Marin St, Vallejo [www.kohampress.com] [510-472-4732] [info@kohampress.com]

From the book's website [www.fearlessbooks.com/Song.htm]:
What makes a family? And what are the real "family values" that help keep parents and children whole and healthy? In A Song for Lost Angels, San Francisco writer Kevin Fisher-Paulson answers these questions by telling the intimate history of a family of two men plus triplets that came together suddenly one day, and thrived for a year before being torn apart by groundless prejudice. And he tells this riveting story with grace, dignity, and a surprisingly generous dose of humor.
"After a week of not sleeping, Papa and I got into the routine of baby care: feed the baby, burp the baby, change the baby, put the baby to bed, wash baby’s clothes, rinse out baby’s bottle, and make more formula, just about in time to start feeding the baby. Oh, and that process was in duplicate. In fact it was in duplicate with a third kid in the hospital, across the bay. I often found that I was still in my bathrobe at three o’clock in the afternoon. The witty gay couple with lots of time for canapés and cocktails had quickly turned into two sleep-deprived, middle-aged men."
Fearless Books is proud to announce the release of a compelling memoir that takes the discussion of gay marriage in America to the next level, where the rights and struggles of gay-parented families can be openly recognized. As Fearless founder D. Patrick Miller writes in the Publisher's Preface, "my first rule for effective memoirs is 'It's not about you' — meaning that a personal history must connect so well with readers that they feel it's about them. On that score, Kevin's book is about a great many potential readers: gay spouses, anyone who has dealt with the foster/adoption system, anyone who has confronted overt discrimination, parents of every description, and even those who live in thrall to their dogs."
A Song for Lost Angels is now off the press —  Read the first chapter here [link].



Tuesday, March 11 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Vallejo Adult School
(Tendremos interpretación en Español)
2833 Tennessee Street
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Thursday, March 13 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Cooper Elementary School
612 Del Mar Avenue


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Community Calender

Bohemia Ecological Preserve Sunset Hike & Picnic
March 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
[http://www.landpaths.org/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=18843]
Join us for an evening exploration of the beautiful 1000 acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve!  We’ll hike through oak woodlands & open grasslands to the “Top of the World” to enjoy a picnic dinner at sunset.  Moderate hike with steep sections.  2-3 miles.
We will meet at 6 pm on Wednesday March 12th at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 6773 Bohemian Highway, just past Westminster Woods. From the intersection of Graton Road and Bohemian Highway in Occidental, travel approximately 3 miles north on Bohemian Highway. The Preserve is on the right-hand side (if you are coming from Occidental) & looks like a quarry. Watch for staff or volunteers located at Bohemian Highway to direct you to parking!  Please note that if you enter our address in google maps it does not give the correct meeting location.  Use the link above for a view of where we will be meeting.
What if it’s raining?  We’ll go in a light rain but heavy rain cancels.  If you’re unsure about the conditions please call 707.524.9318 after 3 pm on the day of our hike.  If there’s no special outgoing message the outing is a go as planned.
What to bring:  Flashlight! Sturdy boots or shoes, weather appropriate clothes in layers, picnic dinner that can come with us on the hike, water, binoculars, hiking poles or stick, blanket to sit on if you wish.


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., March 13th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, March 14th, 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm

You are warmly invited to the opening of Phantasmic Landscape a show of new paintings by William Sievert. This show opens March 14, during Vallejo's 2nd Friday Art Walk.



Ozcat Radio’s Mothership Connection brings you an exhibition of the…
Lady Katy Kat Pieces
Friday, March 14, 2014, 5 to 11pm
at the Integrtea 717 Marin st.
Join Mis Demeanor, Dr.G., King David Martin and many other Ozcat Radio personalities for the Vallejo Art Walk! Ozcat Radio will provide live reggae music and entertainment.
Contact the artist: LadyKaty707@yahoo.com
Lady Katy Kat Pieces, as an art show, comes together to celebrate the power of friendship, loyalty, and the universal cool-cat in us all, with seasonal and locally inspired paintings and art statements.
Other artists in the community space includes: Teddy Fischer, Jeni Swerdlow, Ben Brookshire, August Meres, Toe Knee, and live public art!
Tune in to The Mothership Connection OZCAT Radio, with Mis Demeanor, every Saturday, 5 to 6pm, at 89.5 FM, for a women’s guided topic discussion with guests, local music, and information about the local arts community!
Thanks to: Ozcat Radio, Vallejo Antiques, IntegreTea, and Northbay Evolver!



Restoration Planting Day in Hanns Park
Saturday, March 15
with the Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org] [info@vallejowatershedalliance.org]
This is the last big planting day of the season, so grab your boots and come on out! We’ll meet in Hanns Park. Park in the lot on Sklyline just off Redwood Parkway, and follow the signs up the bike path. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen. We’ll provide tools, water, and refreshments.


Evocare Photography Show: A vivid impression of reality
March 15th
Artiszen Cutural Arts Center [337 Georgia Street, Vallejo, California 94590]
Find us on Facebook: Artiszen Cultural Art Center
Entrance Fee/Suggested Donation $5 per person ($11 w/ poster) 12 and under free.
The show extends through March 28th.
Come join Artiszen for the launch of our very first photography show on Saturday, March 15 (6pm-10pm). View breathtaking works by both professional and up-and-coming photographers from Vallejo and the Bay Area. 
There will be 16 different photographers showing at the gallery, representing different styles and techniques - from pinhole photography to underwater photography.
Take part in a raffle for a chance to win some photography-themed prizes!
Hope to see you there!



Vallejo Garden Club presents...
OPERATION PROPAGATION
Saturday March 15 – 10 to 12 Noon
Location given for RSVP only. Reserve your spot by contacting us [VallejoGardenClub@gmail.com], RSVPs must be requested by March 12th [www.facebook.com/VallejoGardenClub]
Join Vallejo Garden Club for a plant propagation workshop!
Come by early for the Gardner's Show & Tell.
Vallejo Garden Club and the Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society are providing a 2 hour workshop that features the best practices of propagation, including demonstrations, hands-on practice, and an on-site tour.


Hikes Galore, Day and Night!
Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16
SOLANO COUNTY, CA –The Solano Land Trust is offering so many events the weekend of March 15 & 16, it may be difficult to choose a favorite!  Docents will lead you on a leisurely walk along the Suisun Marsh at Rush Ranch, or a power hike at Rockville Trails Preserve.  Learn how to identify hawks, falcons and eagles at a workshop and hike offered at Rush Ranch.  And to top off the weekend, let the full moon light your way during a night hike at Lynch Canyon. Join as many events as you like.
Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Solano Land Trust’s newest property, Rockville Trails Preserve, is accessible only by docent-led hikes at this time. Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by the Solano Land Trust and is a part of the Solano County Parks system. Learn more at www.solanolandtrust.org.

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Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – noon at Rush Ranch, Suisun City:  On this leisurely guided walk, participants will learn about the Patwin Indians, the first human inhabitants of the Suisun Marsh and surrounding Solano County.  Discover how they didn't just survive, but thrived by building their communities in and around what is now known as Rush Ranch. See an outcropping used for grinding fish and/or acorns, an example of a Patwin dwelling, and find out what a typical day in the life of the Patwin might have been like. No fee or advance registration required.  Heavy rain cancels.
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Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve, Fairfield:  Your guides will lead you on a quick-paced hike through the oaks and grassland with some hill climbs. The group will take a few short breaks to discuss the flora, fauna, history, and geology of this beautiful open space. No fee, but space is limited and advance registration is required: http://conta.cc/1dTgtcq or call Cathy at 707-745-1913.  Heavy rain cancels.
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Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Rush Ranch, Suisun City:  Join Larry Broderick for a birds of prey identification workshop and hike.  Broderick, who brings over 25 years of experience studying, identifying, researching, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey, offers an interactive presentation covering raptor identification methods, natural history and threats, and the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration. The first two hours of the program take place indoors at the Rush Ranch Nature Center. Following a brief social break, test your new identification skills on a short but steep hike (weather permitting) up Suisun Hill to observe eagles, falcons and hawks.  $10 per person.  Spaced is limited. Advance paid registration required: http://conta.cc/1iywFWw.
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Sunday, March 16, 7 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, Vallejo:  Hike up and down the hills at Lynch Canyon, including a portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, by the light of the moon!  Your guides will lead you on a 7-mile hike at a steady pace.  $10 per person.  Space is limited. Advance paid registration required: http://conta.cc/LTsd8u.  Heavy rain or fog cancels.
For important details about what to bring, where to meet, what to be prepared for and registration links for each of these events, visit www.solanolandtrust.org/CalendarList.aspx.


Miss Alameda's Resilience Climate Change Expedition, with Recycle Woman!
March 15, 2014

Jessica Robinson, also known as Miss Alameda, is an environmental advocate and producer. For over two years Jessica has been working on a mini documentary about Climate Change for Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, conducting interviews with experts in the field of sustainability and climate change. Among them Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor of Alameda, Marie Gilmore, and many more. The documentary is focusing on how the community can leverage grass roots efforts to help address and solve climate change in order to make the proper behavior changes. Be part of this exciting documentary and join Miss Alameda on her new expedition!
$25 for the Entire Day which includes film, snacks, tours, lunch and panel discussion!
$15 student discount
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Any questions, email Miss Alameda @ jessicajanerobinson@gmail.com
Both part 1 and 2 of Miss Alameda's documentaries will create her complete Climate Change Expedition. The expedition will highlight the infrastructure we have in the Bay Area and how Zero Waste is one of the tools we have to stop Climate Change. The documentaries will be filmed and released on the web, youtube,and you can be part of it ClimateRealityProject.org and other websites.

SCHEDULE
Saturday March 15, 9:00- 6:00
8:30am Check In: 2218 South Shore Center, Alameda
9:00- 11:00am Screening: Trashed with (Jeremey Irons)
Morning snacks and coffee provided.
11:00- 12:00 Tour South Shore Center Diversion Program
Lunch Provided
12:00- 4:00 Bay Area Green Tours Zero Waste Tour of El Cerrito Recyling Center, Berkeley Transfer Station and Urban Ore.
4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion with experts on zero waste and climate change.
5:00-6:30 Optional Tour of restaurant & Dinner $25 at the Trabocco Restaurant


You're invited! Richmond is doing it; why not Vallejo?
Who: Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and ACCE
Where: The Mira Theatre's Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo, CA
When: Thursday, March 20, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
What: Hear about a program that provides relief to folks who are burdened with underwater loans.
Refreshments provided and free parking available
Are you or your neighbors paying a mortgage much higher than the current assessed value?
You're not alone.
Come hear Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the non-profit community organization Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) describe their new plan, designed to bring help to underwater homeowners.
The City is considering a new program that could help thousands of homeowners reduce their mortgage debt by tens of thousands of $$$. Find out if this or other programs might help you, and join the fight to hold the banks accountable!
Read more at [http://www.thenation.com/article/175244/rescue-local-economies-cities-seize-underwater-mortgages-through-eminent-domain#]
According to Zillow.com's "heat map", in Vallejo's 94590 zip-code, an astounding 64% of homes are underwater. 9% of owners are currently delinquent on their payments. The 94590 zip-code also has the dubious distinction of being in the top 1% of US homes both underwater, and how far their values have fallen from peaks in the mid-2000s. See more at [http://www.zillow.com/visuals/negative-equity/]
Underwater homes undermine the stability of our neighborhoods. Owners walk away and often times squatters move in. Surrounding home values continue to decline. Homeowners have no equity or cash-flow to maintain their homes. Investors purchase foreclosed houses on city hall steps. The fabric of our neighborhoods unravel.
This lecture is first in a series of community oriented events at the Bay Terrace Theatre.

Monday, March 3, 2014

News & Info for March 4th, 2014

Get up and Rise up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!
Visit our Local Links page for an extensive list of ongoing events, online news portals, and sports [link]! Visit the Farmer's Markets page [link], and learn how to make your own products [link]! Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!


Interview with...
JeanCherie, Sculptor, [JeanCherie.com] [415-359-9487] [jeancherie1@gmail.com], and Volunteer at The Hub Vallejo, resident at the Temple Arts Lofts.
Describing her recent move to the San Pablo bay, JeanCherie says "Now I find myself in a new phase of my career, still doing my own Art, but also finding myself as an advocate of Creative Community Building. I feel like a seed bursting to life in the fertile soil that is Vallejo!
Currently, JeanCherie has examples of her sculptures at the Hub, and of her stone carvings displayed as part of the Downtown Vallejo Art Windows at 418A Georgia St. Also, large examples of JeanCherie's paintings are shown currently in the windows at the Temple Artists Lofts, created with help and materials donated from fellow TAL (Temple Art Loft) artist resident Irby Walton, with canvas from a local business in Benicia, and other materials donated by Mike Kendell of Benicia. One window painting was created with the help of three TAL children.


Describing what practices of art media she likes best, JeanCherie says,
"I Love sculpting! I love the human form! I find it impossible to be confined to just one medium, or one style. I know it looks like a group show in my studio... but, it’s just me, Jean Cherie, following my muse(s)!
At this time I am working primarily in clay because it is so very responsive, spontaneous, immediate and satisfying to my Soul! I can do it all myself, from modeling the clay, to under glazing, to firing, and glazing. Having said that, I also love to do ‘Raku” firing, a traditional Japanese method of firing ceremonial tea bowls which has been enthusiastically embraced as a group activity for groups of sculptors and ceramists.
I am passionate about portraiture! The eyes, the windows of the Soul, the tweak of mischief in a smile, the soft curve of a baby’s cheek, the volumes expressed in the furrow of a brow, the arrangement of features that make us all so unique fascinate me, and I love to try and capture their subtleties in clay.
My love and ease with versatility comes from my early years working in "Hollywood" as a studio sculptor. Collaborating with production designers, art directors, engineers, directors, actors, AND other sculptors helped to hone my skills while smoothing my ego. From tiny design macquettes for theme parks to huge prehistoric living rooms (The Flintstones) I’ve sculpted just about everything you can imagine, and a bunch you can’t!
" "Alabaster, clay, bronze, cast paper, and wax are all mediums of expression for me. Collaboration with each of them directs and dictates the content and style of the resulting work of art.
So, don’t fence me in! All of the artists in my studio are me!
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According to her biography, JeanCherie studied fashion design at Chouinard in Los Angeles which was affiliated with Disney and gave her the opportunity to work at WED (Walter E. Disney, the engineering department responsible for building Disneyland) for a semester. That convinced her that she should be in “Show Biz”! JeanCherie eventually became a costume fabricator, mold maker, and sculptor where her real education began as paid apprentice to the skilled craftsmen who worked in the industry. Over her long career she worked on TV shows like “H.R. Puff n’ Stuff, theme Parks, movies like “The Flintstones”, commercials, and other odd events. To keep herself sane while sculpting for art directors and the like she found it critical to create her own Art. The human form and especially portraiture are JeanCherie’s main areas of passion! She loves to explore sculpturally what makes us so unique and beautiful and then she strives to express that in clay. Here are some highlights from her career in the entertainment industry sculpting animatronic figures, character design, set dressing, costumes, props, and special effects include work in the motion pictures "Indian in the cupboard"; "Honey, I shrunk the kids"; "Mom and dad save the world"; "The Flintstones"; "Hocus Pocus", and in television with "Dinosaurs"; "Murder She Wrote"; "Home Improvement", and "H.R. Puff n' Stuff". JeanCherie has also has worked with Disneyland; Euro Disney; Ice Capades; and Universal, Studios, CA and Florida.



Tuesday, March 4 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Dan Mini Elementary School — en Español
(English interpretation available)
1530 Lorenzo Drive
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Saturday, March 8 @ 1:00-3:00 pm*
Norman King Community Center
545 Magazine Street
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Tuesday, March 11 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Vallejo Adult School
(Tendremos interpretación en Español)
2833 Tennessee Street
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Thursday, March 13 @ 6:30-8:30 pm*
Cooper Elementary School
612 Del Mar Avenue


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Mornings With Blue, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30am
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Community Calender

2nd Saturday bands
Sat., March 8th, 8pm
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Red Dragonfly Productions [RedDragonflyProductions.net] presents...
Comedy at the Empress, with
* Scott Capurro
* Caitlin Gill

Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8pm
Empress Theatre [330 Virginia Street Vallejo, CA 94590] [707.552.2400] [EmpressTheatre.org]
$17/advance and $20/door General Admission
Beer-Wine-Martini Bar
Hotel Sponsor: Courtyard by Marriott, Vallejo – Napa Valley

Provocative Comic Headlines Comedy Show in Downtown Vallejo -
The controversial comedic tornado known as Scott Capurro is bearing down on the Empress Theatre stage for his debut performance at the historic downtown theatre on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8pm.  He will be joined by local featured act Caitlin Gill.
Capurro lives in the United Kingdom, but comes home frequently to perform.  Well known to the Bay Area comedy and radio scene, he is known for his fearless and confrontational style of comedy laced with sexual innuendo and taboo subjects.
Audience should come to the show prepared for Capurro’s rapier wit and brilliantly outrageous comedy.  But, you might want to leave your Grandma at home!

About Scott Capurro -
Stand-up comic Scott Capurro, a San Francisco native, is known for his confrontational and controversial yet thought-provoking comedy. He won the prestigious Perrier Award for his first one-person show, Risk Gay, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He's also been seen on Comedy Central, and heard on Alice 97.3. He's also a veteran actor, with credits ranging from playing Harvey Fierstein's boyfriend in Mrs. Doubtfire to voicing half of the two-headed podrace announcer in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

About Caitlin Gill -
Feature act Caitlin Gill has performed on the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Outside Lands Festival, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Vancouver Global Comedy Fest and in some of the best comedy clubs in the nation. Her writing has been featured in a Believer Magazine project for 826LA.  7x7 Magazine featured her as one of the 7 Comics Rocking the Local Scene, and she was voted Best Comedian in the East Bay Express “Best Of” Edition in 2013.  You can also hear her on podcasts like Put Your Hands Together and Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction and NPR's Snap Judgement.   Her comedy style twists her personal experiences into comedy confessions that will leave you red in the face from laughter. 

About the new comedy series at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo -
Who doesn't need a good laugh nowadays?  Sure, we can always seek out our local comedy club to catch the latest up-and-coming comic amidst the two-drink minimum charges and suggestive material.  But, there is a new trend in the bay area.  Featured standup comedy evenings are becoming a welcome addition to the legitimate concert stage in many theatres and performing arts venues.
Red Dragonfly Productions has a handle on this trend, and is announcing their spring series of comedy shows at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo that focuses on smart material for thinking adults who enjoy a night out but still appreciate the environment of legitimate theatre.
Comedy takes center stage this spring with comics Jason Love, Ben Feldman, Liz Grant, Maggie Newcomb, Ngaio Bealum, Robin Cee, Tom Devenport, Don Reed, Will Durst’s BoomerAging, Mike Pace, Rocky LaPorte and the edgy and controversial Scott Capurro.  Previous shows have included Andrew Norelli, Tim Lee, Don Friesen, Dan St. Paul, Johnny Steele, G King and many other favorite local Bay Area comics.
With a lineup of fresh, insightful, and funny comics known for their well crafted material and relatable humor, these theatre based comedy shows are for audiences who appreciate the art of comedy.


THE McCREE-GOUDEAU GALLERY PRESENTS...
"BOOK SIGNING and AUTHOR TALKS", with AUTHORS, WRITERS & ACTIVISTS
IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY and INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S MONTH
ALL EVENTS ON SUNDAYS ~ 3:00 to 5:00 pm
at the McCree-Goudeau Gallery [707-246-4991] [jmgoudeau8@att.net],
Located at 930 Marin Street (corner of Florida), in beautiful downtown Vallejo.
Regular Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays 1 - 6pm  ~ Sundays 2 - 5pm  (Call for special appointment.)
Exhibit space sponsored by Vallejo Art District, BJ Conrad
 REFRESHMENTS and MORE ~ A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT ~ Donations Accepted ~
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March  9th
Carolyn Patricia Scott
"The Gods of Ancient Egypt"
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March 16th
Cynthia Williams, aka 'Sista C'
"Coffee,Tea and Me"
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March 23rd
Anita Wills
"Notes and Documents of Free Persons (Revised) of Color"
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March 30th
Ms. Evelyn 'The Heart Lady' Polk
Speaker, Author, Radio & T.V. Host
"Heart Work in the Village"
With The ART of: MONICA CLARK, CHERYL MITCHELL and MIHR'UN'NISA
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The McCree-Goudeau Gallery is a commercial fine art gallery located in the hub of downtown Vallejo's Art District. It exhibits a wide and diverse body of creative works, from International artist to emerging artists.
The goal of the gallery is to bring a collective force of artistic energy from its artists on display to the delight of a broad audience.


North Bay Drummm Circle 
March 9th, and every "2nd Sunday" of the month
3:30-4pm Beginner Lesson: Intro to Hand Drumming/World Grooves
4-5pm All levels Facilitated Drummm Circle + Community Celebration.
Located @ IntegriTea, 717 Marin St, Vallejo CA
Cost Adults: $10; Kids 13 + under: $5; Seniors 65 + up $8; Babies under 2: Free.
Bring a drum or percussion if you have one, or play one of Jeni's drums for an additional $5 each (first come, first serve). Questions? Contact Jeni Swerdlow at [jeni@drummm.com] or [510.316.2850]
Are you ready to groove your heart out? This fun, playfully challenging drum circle is facilitated by DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR. Open to all ages, levels, cultures, and styles of drumming. No prior musical experience is necessary to participate. Jeni will get your hands moving and grooving on the drum in no time!


Bohemia Ecological Preserve Sunset Hike & Picnic
March 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
[http://www.landpaths.org/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=18843]
Join us for an evening exploration of the beautiful 1000 acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve!  We’ll hike through oak woodlands & open grasslands to the “Top of the World” to enjoy a picnic dinner at sunset.  Moderate hike with steep sections.  2-3 miles.
We will meet at 6 pm on Wednesday March 12th at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 6773 Bohemian Highway, just past Westminster Woods. From the intersection of Graton Road and Bohemian Highway in Occidental, travel approximately 3 miles north on Bohemian Highway. The Preserve is on the right-hand side (if you are coming from Occidental) & looks like a quarry. Watch for staff or volunteers located at Bohemian Highway to direct you to parking!  Please note that if you enter our address in google maps it does not give the correct meeting location.  Use the link above for a view of where we will be meeting.
What if it’s raining?  We’ll go in a light rain but heavy rain cancels.  If you’re unsure about the conditions please call 707.524.9318 after 3 pm on the day of our hike.  If there’s no special outgoing message the outing is a go as planned.
What to bring:  Flashlight! Sturdy boots or shoes, weather appropriate clothes in layers, picnic dinner that can come with us on the hike, water, binoculars, hiking poles or stick, blanket to sit on if you wish.


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., March 13th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, March 14th, 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Ozcat Radio’s Mothership Connection brings you an exhibition of the…
Lady Katy Kat Pieces
Friday, March 14, 2014, 5 to 11pm
at the Integrtea 717 Marin st.
Join Mis Demeanor, Dr.G., King David Martin and many other Ozcat Radio personalities for the Vallejo Art Walk! Ozcat Radio will provide live reggae music and entertainment.
Contact the artist: LadyKaty707@yahoo.com
Lady Katy Kat Pieces, as an art show, comes together to celebrate the power of friendship, loyalty, and the universal cool-cat in us all, with seasonal and locally inspired paintings and art statements.
Other artists in the community space includes: Teddy Fischer, Jeni Swerdlow, Ben Brookshire, August Meres, Toe Knee, and live public art!
Tune in to The Mothership Connection OZCAT Radio, with Mis Demeanor, every Saturday, 5 to 6pm, at 89.5 FM, for a women’s guided topic discussion with guests, local music, and information about the local arts community!
Thanks to: Ozcat Radio, Vallejo Antiques, IntegreTea, and Northbay Evolver!



Restoration Planting Day in Hanns Park
Saturday, March 15
with the Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org] [info@vallejowatershedalliance.org]
This is the last big planting day of the season, so grab your boots and come on out! We’ll meet in Hanns Park. Park in the lot on Sklyline just off Redwood Parkway, and follow the signs up the bike path. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen. We’ll provide tools, water, and refreshments.


Evocare Photography Show: A vivid impression of reality
March 15th
Artiszen Cutural Arts Center [337 Georgia Street, Vallejo, California 94590]
Find us on Facebook: Artiszen Cultural Art Center
Entrance Fee/Suggested Donation $5 per person ($11 w/ poster) 12 and under free.
The show extends through March 28th.
Come join Artiszen for the launch of our very first photography show on Saturday, March 15 (6pm-10pm). View breathtaking works by both professional and up-and-coming photographers from Vallejo and the Bay Area. 
There will be 16 different photographers showing at the gallery, representing different styles and techniques - from pinhole photography to underwater photography.
Take part in a raffle for a chance to win some photography-themed prizes!
Hope to see you there!



Vallejo Garden Club presents...
OPERATION PROPAGATION
Saturday March 15 – 10 to 12 Noon
Location given for RSVP only. Reserve your spot by contacting us [VallejoGardenClub@gmail.com], RSVPs must be requested by March 12th [www.facebook.com/VallejoGardenClub]
Join Vallejo Garden Club for a plant propagation workshop!
Come by early for the Gardner's Show & Tell.
Vallejo Garden Club and the Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society are providing a 2 hour workshop that features the best practices of propagation, including demonstrations, hands-on practice, and an on-site tour.


Hikes Galore, Day and Night!
Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16
SOLANO COUNTY, CA –The Solano Land Trust is offering so many events the weekend of March 15 & 16, it may be difficult to choose a favorite!  Docents will lead you on a leisurely walk along the Suisun Marsh at Rush Ranch, or a power hike at Rockville Trails Preserve.  Learn how to identify hawks, falcons and eagles at a workshop and hike offered at Rush Ranch.  And to top off the weekend, let the full moon light your way during a night hike at Lynch Canyon. Join as many events as you like.
Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Solano Land Trust’s newest property, Rockville Trails Preserve, is accessible only by docent-led hikes at this time. Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by the Solano Land Trust and is a part of the Solano County Parks system. Learn more at www.solanolandtrust.org.

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Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – noon at Rush Ranch, Suisun City:  On this leisurely guided walk, participants will learn about the Patwin Indians, the first human inhabitants of the Suisun Marsh and surrounding Solano County.  Discover how they didn't just survive, but thrived by building their communities in and around what is now known as Rush Ranch. See an outcropping used for grinding fish and/or acorns, an example of a Patwin dwelling, and find out what a typical day in the life of the Patwin might have been like. No fee or advance registration required.  Heavy rain cancels.
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Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve, Fairfield:  Your guides will lead you on a quick-paced hike through the oaks and grassland with some hill climbs. The group will take a few short breaks to discuss the flora, fauna, history, and geology of this beautiful open space. No fee, but space is limited and advance registration is required: http://conta.cc/1dTgtcq or call Cathy at 707-745-1913.  Heavy rain cancels.
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Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Rush Ranch, Suisun City:  Join Larry Broderick for a birds of prey identification workshop and hike.  Broderick, who brings over 25 years of experience studying, identifying, researching, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey, offers an interactive presentation covering raptor identification methods, natural history and threats, and the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration. The first two hours of the program take place indoors at the Rush Ranch Nature Center. Following a brief social break, test your new identification skills on a short but steep hike (weather permitting) up Suisun Hill to observe eagles, falcons and hawks.  $10 per person.  Spaced is limited. Advance paid registration required: http://conta.cc/1iywFWw.
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Sunday, March 16, 7 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, Vallejo:  Hike up and down the hills at Lynch Canyon, including a portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, by the light of the moon!  Your guides will lead you on a 7-mile hike at a steady pace.  $10 per person.  Space is limited. Advance paid registration required: http://conta.cc/LTsd8u.  Heavy rain or fog cancels.
For important details about what to bring, where to meet, what to be prepared for and registration links for each of these events, visit www.solanolandtrust.org/CalendarList.aspx.



Miss Alameda's Resilience Climate Change Expedition, with Recycle Woman!
March 15, 2014

Jessica Robinson, also known as Miss Alameda, is an environmental advocate and producer. For over two years Jessica has been working on a mini documentary about Climate Change for Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, conducting interviews with experts in the field of sustainability and climate change. Among them Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor of Alameda, Marie Gilmore, and many more. The documentary is focusing on how the community can leverage grass roots efforts to help address and solve climate change in order to make the proper behavior changes. Be part of this exciting documentary and join Miss Alameda on her new expedition!
$25 for the Entire Day which includes film, snacks, tours, lunch and panel discussion!
$15 student discount
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Any questions, email Miss Alameda @ jessicajanerobinson@gmail.com
Both part 1 and 2 of Miss Alameda's documentaries will create her complete Climate Change Expedition. The expedition will highlight the infrastructure we have in the Bay Area and how Zero Waste is one of the tools we have to stop Climate Change. The documentaries will be filmed and released on the web, youtube,and you can be part of it ClimateRealityProject.org and other websites.

SCHEDULE
Saturday March 15, 9:00- 6:00
8:30am Check In: 2218 South Shore Center, Alameda
9:00- 11:00am Screening: Trashed with (Jeremey Irons)
Morning snacks and coffee provided.
11:00- 12:00 Tour South Shore Center Diversion Program
Lunch Provided
12:00- 4:00 Bay Area Green Tours Zero Waste Tour of El Cerrito Recyling Center, Berkeley Transfer Station and Urban Ore.
4:00-5:00 Panel Discussion with experts on zero waste and climate change.
5:00-6:30 Optional Tour of restaurant & Dinner $25 at the Trabocco Restaurant


You're invited! Richmond is doing it; why not Vallejo?
Who: Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and ACCE
Where: The Mira Theatre's Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo, CA
When: Thursday, March 20, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
What: Hear about a program that provides relief to folks who are burdened with underwater loans.
Refreshments provided and free parking available
Are you or your neighbors paying a mortgage much higher than the current assessed value?
You're not alone.
Come hear Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the non-profit community organization Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) describe their new plan, designed to bring help to underwater homeowners.
The City is considering a new program that could help thousands of homeowners reduce their mortgage debt by tens of thousands of $$$. Find out if this or other programs might help you, and join the fight to hold the banks accountable!
Read more at [http://www.thenation.com/article/175244/rescue-local-economies-cities-seize-underwater-mortgages-through-eminent-domain#]
According to Zillow.com's "heat map", in Vallejo's 94590 zip-code, an astounding 64% of homes are underwater. 9% of owners are currently delinquent on their payments. The 94590 zip-code also has the dubious distinction of being in the top 1% of US homes both underwater, and how far their values have fallen from peaks in the mid-2000s. See more at [http://www.zillow.com/visuals/negative-equity/]
Underwater homes undermine the stability of our neighborhoods. Owners walk away and often times squatters move in. Surrounding home values continue to decline. Homeowners have no equity or cash-flow to maintain their homes. Investors purchase foreclosed houses on city hall steps. The fabric of our neighborhoods unravel.
This lecture is first in a series of community oriented events at the Bay Terrace Theatre.



Usher in Spring with a Marsh Walk at Rush Ranch
Thursday, March 20, 9:45am-11:15am
[www.SolanoLandTrust.org]
SOLANO COUNTY – Celebrate the spring equinox on Thursday, March 20th with a guided hike of the Suisun Marsh at Rush Ranch in Suisun City, beginning at 9:45 a.m.  The Suisun Marsh is the largest contiguous brackish water marsh remaining on the west coast of North America and is a critical part of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary ecosystem. See the animals and plants that live at Rush Ranch and how the seasonal rains are changing the landscape. Visit a Patwin Indian hut.  Come see why Rush Ranch is a treasure and locally loved.
This hike is easy and moderately-paced. Bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and protection from the elements.  If desired, bring binoculars, cameras, insect repellent. No RSVP is necessary. Meet your guides by 9:45 a.m. in the brick courtyard and native plant garden, next to the Nature Center exhibit. Rain cancels.  Call Natalie at (707) 432-0150 x200 or (415) 517-2624 if the weather is uncertain.
Rush Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection. For questions, call 707-432-0150 x200 or email volunteer@solanolandtrust.org.
Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.


Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center Presents...
An Evening with NEAL GORENFLO

co-founder of Shareable, a nonprofit news, action, and connection hub for the sharing transformation. A former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal is perhaps an unlikely voice for sharing. A revelation in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through internet startups, public events, and a circle of friends committed to the common good.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6 PM Potluck ~ 7 PM Speaker
At the MDUUC - Bortin Hall, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
info: [www.ourpeacecenter.org] [925-933-7850]
 
Shareable.net and the growing Sharing Economy, learn more: [http://www.shareable.net/about]
Find weekly e-news and sharing policy guide: [http://www.shareable.net/blog/new-report-policies-for-shareable-cities]
Co-sponsored with Friendly Favors. Suggested Donation: $20 (and a dish to share if attending potluck). Make checks payable to "MTDPJC".  If at all possible, please rsvp so that we may inform you of any changes. No log-in required: [www.favors.org/MDPC]

Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., March 27th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Shoreline Enhancements at Lake Chabot
Saturday, March 29
with the Vallejo Watershed Alliance [www.VallejoWatershedAlliance.org] [info@vallejowatershedalliance.org]
Every year, the Alliance helps remove excess tules and reeds on the shores of the lake to help prepare for the Youth Fishing Derby. We meet at the boat ramp in Dan Foley Park. The park entrance is located at the end of North Camino Alto. Drive straight ahead from the kiosk towards the lake and you’ll see the boat ramp. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes, hat, gloves, and sunscreen (bring waders if you have them). We’ll provide tools, water, and refreshments.


Call for Artists:
AMERICAN CANYON ARTS FOUNDATION presents...
“Arts Extravaganza - 2014”

Juried Art Show, April 4-5, 2014
At the Canyon Gallery, 3441 Broadway St./Hwy. 29, American Canyon, CA
Entry Fees due: Friday, March 7
Artwork submission: Wednesday, March 19 – Friday, March 21
Phone [707-557-2176], email [info@amcanart.org]
* Visit American Canyon Arts Foundation site for more Information [http://www.amcanart.org/#!2014-art-show]
* Download Entry Form (pdf) [http://gallery.mailchimp.com/2ec7226eee29b4efe904081b8/files/2014_Call_For_Artists___Extravaganza.pdf]



Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., April 10th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, April 11th, 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Saturday bands
Sat., April 12th, 8pm
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


North Bay Drummm Circle 
April 13th, and every "2nd Sunday" of the month
3:30-4pm Beginner Lesson: Intro to Hand Drumming/World Grooves
4-5pm All levels Facilitated Drummm Circle + Community Celebration.
Located @ IntegriTea, 717 Marin St, Vallejo CA
Cost Adults: $10; Kids 13 + under: $5; Seniors 65 + up $8; Babies under 2: Free.
Bring a drum or percussion if you have one, or play one of Jeni's drums for an additional $5 each (first come, first serve). Questions? Contact Jeni Swerdlow at [jeni@drummm.com] or [510.316.2850]
Are you ready to groove your heart out? This fun, playfully challenging drum circle is facilitated by DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR. Open to all ages, levels, cultures, and styles of drumming. No prior musical experience is necessary to participate. Jeni will get your hands moving and grooving on the drum in no time!


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., April 24th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., May 8th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, May 9th, 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Saturday bands
Sat., May 10th, 8pm
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


North Bay Drummm Circle 
May 11th, and every "2nd Sunday" of the month
3:30-4pm Beginner Lesson: Intro to Hand Drumming/World Grooves
4-5pm All levels Facilitated Drummm Circle + Community Celebration.
Located @ IntegriTea, 717 Marin St, Vallejo CA
Cost Adults: $10; Kids 13 + under: $5; Seniors 65 + up $8; Babies under 2: Free.
Bring a drum or percussion if you have one, or play one of Jeni's drums for an additional $5 each (first come, first serve). Questions? Contact Jeni Swerdlow at [jeni@drummm.com] or [510.316.2850]
Are you ready to groove your heart out? This fun, playfully challenging drum circle is facilitated by DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR. Open to all ages, levels, cultures, and styles of drumming. No prior musical experience is necessary to participate. Jeni will get your hands moving and grooving on the drum in no time!


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., May 22nd, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [thehubVallejo.com] [Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


North Bay Drummm Circle 
June 8th, and every "2nd Sunday" of the month
3:30-4pm Beginner Lesson: Intro to Hand Drumming/World Grooves
4-5pm All levels Facilitated Drummm Circle + Community Celebration.
Located @ IntegriTea, 717 Marin St, Vallejo CA
Cost Adults: $10; Kids 13 + under: $5; Seniors 65 + up $8; Babies under 2: Free.
Bring a drum or percussion if you have one, or play one of Jeni's drums for an additional $5 each (first come, first serve). Questions? Contact Jeni Swerdlow at [jeni@drummm.com] or [510.316.2850]
Are you ready to groove your heart out? This fun, playfully challenging drum circle is facilitated by DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR. Open to all ages, levels, cultures, and styles of drumming. No prior musical experience is necessary to participate. Jeni will get your hands moving and grooving on the drum in no time!


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., June 12th, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [thehubVallejo.com] [Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, June 13th, 5pm to 10pm, DJs spinning, FREE
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [thehubVallejo.com] [Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


2nd Saturday bands
Sat., June 14th, 8pm
At The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [thehubVallejo.com] [Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm


Poetry by the Bay
Thurs., June 22nd, 7pm to 9:30pm, FREE (www.PoetryByTheBay.com)
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, at The Hub Vallejo [350 Georgia st., Vallejo] [www.thehubVallejo.com] [www.Facebook.com/TheHubVallejo/events] Open W-F 12 to 6:30pm; Sat. 10 to 4pm; Sun. 12 to 4pm